30 Jan 13. Leo Quinn, CEO of QinetiQ, recently hosted a visit by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, to the company’s headquarters in Farnborough. Mr Willetts was on a fact finding visit to the British FTSE 250 defence and security company to understand QinetiQ’s world leading ‘know how’, and meet with various scientists and leaders from across the company to gain a better understanding of the commercialisation of intellectual property (IP). He was also particularly interested in developments within the digital cyber market, a particular area of QinetiQ expertise. The tour took in such exciting developments as advances in space exploration by using ion engines; electric drive technologies for combat vehicles and Optasense®, a world leading British technology which has significant export potential. OptaSense® has been designed to specifically meet the challenges associated with monitoring any third party intrusions such as illegal ‘hot tapping’ along the length of oil or gas pipelines. The solution is known as Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS).
29 Jan 13. Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire Unveils Plaque
The latest phase in the redevelopment of the QinetiQ site in Malvern, featuring a new reception and entrance, has been officially opened by Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire. The unveiling ceremony, attended by key local dignitaries including the Mayor of Malvern and representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Malvern District Council, and Malvern Town Council, was a chance for key managers from QinetiQ to explain the company’s on-going commitment to Malvern, as well as marking the completion of the next phase in the redevelopment of the site.
28 Jan 13. Cassidian has delivered and installed the turnkey IT infrastructure to the NATO sites in Brunssum (NL), Heidelberg, Ramstein and Wesel, for use by a total of 3,000 users, and full acceptance has now been concluded without limitations. The customer was the Federal Republic of Germany, which acted as the procurement agency on behalf of NATO. The key objective of the project was to expand and modernise the computer centres, the LAN and WAN networks and the entire end-user domain. After successfully carrying out site integration tests at each of the sites, NATO was directly able to put the new infrastructure into operation. The final system acceptance was concluded by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), after all documentation had been delivered. As part of the project, the existing network infrastructure was completely redesigned and its capacity and bandwidth were increased simultaneously. The computer centres were modernised and expanded with a new server infrastructure based on blade technology and next-generation storage and back-up systems. During this process, cutting-edge technology, such as virtualisation, was used. System components such as workstations, laptops and printers were also provided, and a secure printing system was set up. Out-of-band management enables the infrastructure to be managed fully, without influencing its operation. Migrating data and transferring all the existing applications to the new system constituted another essential component of the contract, which was executed on time, on cost and to the customer’s full satisfaction.
31 Jan 13. Raytheon officially “opened for business” a new UK-leading silicon carbide manufacturing “foundry” facility, developed through several years’ research into advanced manufacturing processes and materials science. The application of silicon carbide in electronic systems will place the UK in a leading position to develop next-generation, high-efficiency, smaller, low-weight power conversion products used in harsh environments across the automotive, aerospace, geothermal explorations, oil and gas, and clean energy sectors. Raytheon’s ability to process silicon carbide